Battle of opposition titans begins in France after Sarkozy return

"The match has begun," French political veteran Alain Juppe said today after his rival and ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his comeback, as the battle for supremacy over the country's beleaguered opposition kicked off.

Bill Clinton says must ''do whatever it takes'' to fight Ebola

New initiatives from the United States, Britain, France and other countries to help fight the Ebola epidemic that has been spreading exponentially in West Africa marked a "good beginning," former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday, but said the world will need to do more.

Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy announces come-back to French politics

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy Friday announced his return to politics in a statement on his Facebook page, vowing to offer a "new political choice" to disenchanted French voters.

Obama anti-IS coalition takes shape as France joins war

France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State group in Iraq today, boosting US-led efforts to unite the world against the growing threat posed by the jihadists.

Air strikes spur shift in jihadist tactics: Experts

 Jihadists, who swept like an army across Iraq and Syria, are expected to return to guerrilla warfare and melt into the population to avoid heavy losses from US-led air strikes, analysts say.

France launches first air strike against IS in Iraq: Francois Hollande
France launches first air strike against IS in Iraq: Francois Hollande

France said on Friday its jets had launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time since the country promised to join military action against Islamic State insurgents who have taken over parts of the country.

France oks `experimental treatments` on Ebola-hit nurse

France`s health minister on Friday authorised "experimental treatments" for a French nurse who has contracted Ebola and is now being treated in a Paris hospital.

First French Ebola patient still in Liberia waiting for airlift home: MSF

 The first French person to have been infected by the deadly Ebola virus was still in Liberia Thursday and was waiting to be airlifted home, according to the humanitarian group she works for.

French rail firm charged over deadly 2013 Paris crash

 France`s national rail company SNCF was charged with manslaughter on Thursday following a high-speed derailment near Paris last year that claimed seven lives and left dozens injured.

France is `sick`, says economy minister

Crisis-hit France is "sick", the country`s new economy minister said on Wednesday, urging immediate reforms to tackle sky-high unemployment and an economy that has failed to grow in six months.

Vatican car carrying drugs intercepted

 French police have confiscated cocaine and marijuana from a car with Vatican plates, after it entered the country from Spain, RTL radio reported.

France`s scandal-hit Sarkozy poised to announce comeback

It`s one of the worst kept secrets in French politics: Nicolas Sarkozy, who leapt to power in 2007 before suffering a humbling defeat five years later, is poised to make his comeback this week.

French Parliament approves jihadist travel ban

France's Parliament has approved a new anti-terror bill aimed at preventing potential jihadists from travelling to Iraq, Syria or elsewhere by confiscating their passports.

French parliament approves jihadist travel ban

France's parliament on Tuesday approved a new anti-terror bill aimed at preventing potential jihadists from travelling to Iraq, Syria or elsewhere by confiscating their passports.

Embattled French government scrapes through confidence vote

France`s crisis-hit government on Tuesday narrowly won a crunch parliamentary vote of confidence in its economic reform path, in a rare respite for the deeply unpopular President Francois Hollande.

French government faces key confidence vote

The French Socialist government faces a key parliamentary confidence vote Tuesday as the country battles political and economic crises and with President Francois Hollande`s popularity at a record low.

Embattled French government faces crunch confidence vote

 France`s under-fire government faces a crucial parliamentary confidence vote Tuesday as the country battles a political and economic crisis and President Francois Hollande`s popularity stagnates at record lows.

French jets to begin Iraq reconnaissance flights

 French aircraft will begin reconnaissance flights over Iraq on Monday, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said before a conference bringing together some 30 countries to discuss how to fight against Islamic State militants. 

Hollande says `no time to lose` in fighting IS

 French President Francois Hollande said Monday there was "no time to lose" in fighting jihadists in Iraq and called for a total backing for moderate rebels in Syria as he opened an international conference in Paris.

France, Iraq urge quick IS action, Iran rejects cooperation
France, Iraq urge quick IS action, Iran rejects cooperation

The leaders of France and Iraq Monday urged swift action against Islamic State militants at an international conference to shore up an anti-jihadist coalition, but Iran immediately slapped down any possibility of taking part.